Office of Academic Services

Requirements

The Core Curriculum was designed, ratified, and implemented by the SAS faculty and is a key component of your undergraduate education, along with your specific fields of study. The answers provided below are designed to assist students in meeting the requirements the faculty has set.

1. I took a class that is not showing on Degree Navigator as counting towards meeting Core Curriculum learning goals, but it’s similar to a class that does count.  Can I substitute this class for one of the certified courses?

Only courses that have been certified by the faculty can be used to meet Core Curriculum learning goals; substitutions are not permitted. To be certified, the course must put the specific Core Curriculum goals front and center in its design and regularly assess student achievement of the certified Core goals. Only courses that have committed to this process of certification, Core assessment, and continuous improvement are certified as Core courses. This is why some particular courses are certified while other courses that may seem to have a similar or analogous focus are not. This assures that all students develop the foundational liberal arts and sciences capacities the Core promises.

2. Can I use the same course to meet multiple Core Curriculum learning goals?

Courses may be applied to multiple learning goals, as long as they are applied to different requirements.

The following combinations cannot be satisfied with the same course:

  • HST and SCL – two different classes must be taken to complete the Social and Historical Analysis learning goals. Even if you take a class that is on both the HST and SCL lists, you still need at least one course that meets HST and one that meets SCL for a total of TWO courses (6 credits) that must be completed.
  • AH – two different classes, meeting two different requirements, must be taken to complete the Arts and Humanities learning goals, even if you take a class that is on more than one of the AHo, AHp, AHq, AHr lists. The Arts and Humanities requirement specifies that TWO courses (6 credits) must be completed.
  • WCr and WCd – two different classes must be taken to complete the Revision- and Discipline-based Writing and Communication learning goals. Even if you take a class that is on both the WCr and WCd lists, you still need at least one course that meets WCr and at least one course that meets WCd. The Writing and Communication requirement specifies that THREE classes must be completed, including Expository Writing and two additional classes (9 credits).
  • QQ and QR – two different classes must be taken to complete the Quantitative and Formal Reasoning learning goals. Even if you take a class that is on both the QQ and QR lists, you still need at least one course that meets QQ and at least one course that meets QR. The Quantitative and Formal Reasoning requirement specifies that TWO classes must be completed (6 credits).

3. Can I use a transfer course from a school other than Rutgers to meet the Core Curriculum learning goals?

Transfer courses CANNOT be used to meet the 21st Century Challenge (21C) or Writing and Communication with Revision (WCr) learning goals. These learning goals must be satisfied by taking Rutgers University-New Brunswick courses. Transfer students who took Expository Writing before matriculating at Rutgers may have the course in transfer count toward the Expository Writing (WC) learning goal, but current SAS students may not take Expository Writing anywhere other than Rutgers University-New Brunswick, 01:355:101.

Transfer courses that have been evaluated by the cognate department at Rutgers and determined to be the exact equivalent of Rutgers University-New Brunswick courses certified to meet the NS, HST, SCL, AH, WCd, QQ, QR, or ITR goals may be used to meet Core Curriculum learning goals

4. Can I use a Rutgers University-Newark or Rutgers University-Camden class to meet Core Curriculum learning goals?

School-to-School Transfer students who come to SAS from Rutgers University-Camden and Rutgers University-Newark will have their prior curriculum evaluated at the time of transfer in order to determine Core Curriculum applicability. No Rutgers University-Newark or Rutgers University-Camden courses taken AFTER matriculation at SAS can be used to meet Core Curriculum learning goals. This includes online courses offered by units housed in Newark or Camden.

SAS students are expected to take all of their classes at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Rutgers University-Newark or Rutgers University-Camden classes taken after matriculation at SAS cannot be substituted for certified Core Curriculum courses.

5. Can I use Study Abroad classes to meet Core Curriculum learning goals?

For SAS students, Study Abroad credits may fulfill ONE of the 21st Century Challenges learning goals; the second 21C course must be taken at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The Study Abroad experience must be full-time to count, meaning at least 12 credits in a fall or spring program or at least 6 credits in a summer program (Winter session and Spring Break Study Abroad courses cannot be used). 

Expository Writing (WC) and the Writing and Communication with Revision (WCr) learning goals cannot be met by a Study Abroad class. These learning goals must be satisfied by taking Rutgers University-New Brunswick courses.

Study Abroad courses that have been evaluated by the cognate department at Rutgers and determined to be the exact equivalent of Rutgers University-New Brunswick courses certified to meet the NS, HST, SCL, AH, WCd, QQ, QR, or ITR goals may be used to meet Core Curriculum learning goals.

6. Last semester, Degree Navigator told me that a requirement was complete, but now it’s showing that I need to complete a course I’m taking this semester.  Why isn’t the requirement still showing as complete?

Sorry! This is a common cause of confusion with Degree Navigator. Your requirement is probably complete.  When a student takes more than one course that can apply to a given requirement, DN tries to choose the course that will give the student the best GPA and sometimes that means choosing a course in progress instead of a course that was already completed.

If you’re thinking of withdrawing from a course this semester and DN is telling you that the course is required to complete a requirement, but you think the requirement was completed in the past with a different Core Certified course, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll check it out for you. This only is necessary if you plan to withdraw from the current course. Otherwise, there’s no harm in taking multiple courses that satisfy the same requirement – most students do!

7. I already took a course certified for both HST and SCL. DN is showing that it was applied to the HST goal. How can I get it applied to the SCL goal so that I can take another course that is only certified for HST?

When students take a class that can apply to more than one goal, DN will apply the course to the goal that the system thinks is the most likely choice of the student. If you would prefer that it be applied to the alternative goal, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make the adjustment. However, DN will adjust itself automatically as soon as another course is taken – DN will always adjust the audit so that the maximum number of requirements are complete.

8. My professor (advisor, major department) told me I could use a course to meet a Core Curriculum goal even if it isn't on the list. Is this true?

Unfortunately, no individual has the authority to permit substitutions in the Core Curriculum. Only courses officially certified by the faculty and listed in DN as meeting the goal can be used to meet the Core goals.

9. How can I find a course offered next semester that meets the Core Curriculum goals I still need to meet?

The Schedule of Classes provides a tab (next to the subject tab) that allows students to search for courses by Core Curriculum goal.

10. Who do I contact if my question is not answered here?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please include your full name and RUID. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. Please allow 2 business days to allow us to research your status and provide an accurate response.

All SAS students are required to complete at least one major, one minor, earn at least 120 credits, and earn a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.000.

The requirements that an SAS student will follow are determined by when the student started at SAS, if the student is matriculating (planning to complete a degree), and if the student has already completed a first bachelor's degree.

Core Curriculum

Second Degree

Nonmatriculating

Which requirements should I be following?

Degree Navigator should be used to confirm which set of SAS requirements a student needs to complete. For questions, see an SAS general adviser.

 Majors and Minors

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 

School

School Code

Majors/Minors and Options

Subject Code

Credit Intensive

Major

 Minor

Department or CenteR

SAS 01 African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures
*See Restrictions
013      √ AMESALL

SAS 01 African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures - Comparative Option
*See Restrictions
013C    √   AMESALL

SAS 01 African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures - Regional Option
*See Restrictions
013    √   AMESALL

SAS 01 Africana Studies 014    √  √ Africana Studies

SAS 01 African Area Studies 016      √ Center for African Studies

SEBS 11  Agroecology 019      √ Plant Science

SEBS 11 Animal Science 067      √ Animal Sciences

SAS 01 American Studies 050    √  √  American Studies

SAS 01  Anthropology - Cultural Option
*See Restrictions
070C    √  √ Anthropology

SAS 01 

Anthropology - General Option
*See Restrictions

070    √  √ Anthropology

SAS 01  Anthropology -  Evolutionary Option
*See Restrictions
071    √  √ Anthropology 

SAS 01 Arabic
*See Restrictions
074      √ AMESALL

MGSA 07 Art - B.A. 080    √  √ Visual Arts

SAS 01  Art History 082    √  √ Art History 

SAS 01 Asian Studies
*See Restrictions
098      √ Asian Languages and Cultures

SAS 01 Astronomy
*See Restrictions
100      √ Physics and Astronomy

SAS 01 Astrophysics
*See Restrictions
105  √  √   Physics and Astronomy

SEBS 11 Biochemistry
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115      √ Biochemistry and Microbiology

SAS 01  Biological Sciences
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119  √  √  √ Division of Life Sciences

SAS 01  Biomathematics
*See Restrictions
122  √  √   Mathematics

RBS 33 Business Administration
*See Restrictions
135      √ Rutgers Business School

SAS 01 Business and Technical Writing 355      √ Writing Program

SAS 01  Cell Biology and Neuroscience
*See Restrictions
146  √  √   Cell Biology and Neuroscience

SAS 01  Chemistry - Business/Law Option 160E  √   √   Chemistry and Chemical Biology

SAS 01  Chemistry - Chemical Biology Option 160C  √   √   Chemistry and Chemical Biology  

SAS 01  Chemistry - Chemical Physics Option 160F  √   √   Chemistry and Chemical Biology  

SAS 01  Chemistry - Core Option 160  √  √  √  Chemistry and Chemical Biology  

SAS 01  Chemistry - Environmental Option 160D  √  √   Chemistry and Chemical Biology  

SAS 01  Chemistry - Forensic Chemistry Option 160M  √  √   Chemistry and Chemical Biology  

SAS 01  Chemistry - General ACS Option 160G  √  √   Chemistry and Chemical Biology  

SAS 01  Chinese
*See Restrictions
165    √  √ Asian Languages and Cultures

SAS 01  Cinema Studies 175    √  √ Cinema Studies

SAS 01 Classics - Classical Humanities Option 190    √  √ Classics

SAS 01  Classics - Greek Option 190B    √   Classics

SAS 01  Classics - Latin Option 190D    √   Classics

SAS 01  Cognitive Science 185    √  √  Center for Cognitive Science

SCI 04 Communication
*See Restrictions
192    √   School of Communication

SCI 04 Communication - Health and Wellness Communication Specialization
*See Restrictions
192H    √   Communication

SCI 04 Communication - Leadership in Organizations and Community Specialization
*See Restrictions
192L    √   Communication

SCI 04 Communication - Relationship and Family Communication Specialization
*See Restrictions
192R    √   Communication

SCI 04 Communication - Strategic Public Communication and Public Relations Specialization
*See Restrictions
192P    √   Communication
SAS 01 Comparative and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies 199      √ American Studies

SAS 01  Comparative Literature - Advanced Studies in Comparative Literature Option 195F  √  √   Comparative Literature

SAS 01  Comparative Literature - Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Option 195D    √   Comparative Literature

SAS 01  Comparative Literature - Comparative Literary Studies Option 195    √  √ Comparative Literature

SAS 01  Comparative Literature - Cultural Theories and Practices Option 195E    √   Comparative Literature

SAS 01 Computer Science 198      √ Computer Science

SAS 01  Computer Science - B.A. 198  √  √   Computer Science

SAS 01  Computer Science - B.S. 198S  √  √   Computer Science

SAS 01 Creative Writing
*See Restrictions
351      √ English

SAS 01  Criminal Justice
*See Restrictions
202    √   Criminal Justice

SAS 01 Criminology
*See Restrictions
204      √ Sociology

SAS 01 Critical Intelligence Studies 205      √ Political Science

MGSA 07 Dance - B.A. 203    √  √ Dance

SCI 04 Digital Communication, Information, and Media 209      √ School of Communication and Information

SAS 01  East Asian Languages and Area Studies
*See Restrictions
214    √   Asian Languages and Cultures

SEBS 11 Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources 216  √  √  √ Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources

SAS 01  Economics
*See Restrictions
220    √  √ Economics

GSE 05 Education as a Social Science 300      √ Graduate School of Education

SAS 01  English
*See Restrictions
350    √  √ English

SEBS 11 Entomology 370      √ Entomology

RBS 33 Entrepreneurship
*See Restrictions
382      √ Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

SEBS 11 Environmental and Business Economics
*See Restrictions
373      √ Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

SEBS 11 Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior 374      √ Human Ecology

SEBS 11 Environmental Sciences 375      √ Environmental Sciences

SAS 01 Environmental Studies 381      √ Geography

SAS 01  European Studies 360    √  √ European Studies

SAS 01  Exercise Science
*See Restrictions
377D  √  √   Kinesiology and Health

SEBS 11 Food Science 400      √ Food Science

SAS 01 French 420     French

SAS 01  French - Cultural Studies Option
*See Restrictions
420    √   French

SAS 01  French - Linguistics Option
*See Restrictions
420B    √   French

SAS 01  French - Literary Studies Option
*See Restrictions
420C    √   French

SAS 01 Gender and Media 438     Women's and Gender Studies

SAS 01  Genetics
*See Restrictions
447  √   Genetics

SAS 01  Geography 450    √  √ Geography

SAS 01  Geological Sciences 460  √  √  √ Earth and Planetary Sciences

SAS 01 Greek - Ancient 491      √ Classics

SAS 01 Greek - Modern 489      √ Modern Greek Studies

SAS 01  German 470    √   Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures

EJBSPPP 10 Health Administration
*See Restrictions
501    √   Bloustein School

SAS 01 Health and Society
*See Restrictions
502      √ Sociology

SAS 01 Hebrew - Modern
*See Restrictions
503      √ Jewish Studies

SAS 01 Hindi
*See Restrictions
505      √ AMESALL

SAS 01  History
*See Restrictions
510    √ History

SAS 01  History - Ancient History and Classics Option
*See Restrictions
510C    √   History

SAS 01  History/French
*See Restrictions
513    √   French

SAS 01  History/Political Science
*See Restrictions
514    √   History

SMLR 37 Human Resource Management 533    √  √ School of Management and Labor Relations

SAS 01 Hungarian 535      √ Russian and East European Languages and Literatures

SCI 04 Information Technology and Informatics
*See Restrictions
547    √   Information Technology and Informatics

SCI 04 Information Technology and Informatics - Game Production and Innovation Specialization
*See Restrictions
547G    √   Information Technology and Informatics

SAS 01 International and Global Studies 558      √ Geography

SAS 01  Italian 560    √  √ Italian

SAS 01  Italian Studies 560I    √  √ Italian Studies

SAS 01 Japanese
*See Restrictions
565      √ Asian Languages and Cultures

SAS 01  Jewish Studies
*See Restrictions
563    √  √  Jewish Studies

SAS 01  Jewish Studies - Advanced Language Option
*See Restrictions
563H    √   Jewish Studies

SCI 04 Journalism and Media Studies
*See Restrictions
567    √   Journalism and Media Studies

SCI 04 Journalism and Media Studies - Global Journalism and Media Specialization
*See Restrictions
567G    √   Journalism and Media Studies

SCI 04 Journalism and Media Studies - Sports Journalism Specialization
*See Restrictions
567S    √   Journalism and Media Studies

SAS 01 Korean
*See Restrictions
574      √ Asian Languages and Cultures

SMLR 37 Labor Studies and Employment Relations 578    √  √ School of Management and Labor Relations

SMLR 37 Labor Studies - Diversity in the Workplace Option 575D      √ School of Management and Labor Relations

SMLR 37 Labor Studies - Labor Unions and Social Movements Option 575U      √ School of Management and Labor Relations

SMLR 37 Labor Studies - Law and the Workplace Option 575L      √ School of Management and Labor Relations

SMLR 37 Labor Studies - Work, Globalization, and Migration Option 575G      √ School of Management and Labor Relations

SMLR 37 Labor Studies - Work Organization and Management Option 575M      √ School of Management and Labor Relations

SAS 01 Language and Culture of Ancient Israel
*See Restrictions
583      √ Jewish Studies

SAS 01 Latin 580      √ Classics

SAS 01  Latin American Studies 590    √  √ Latin American Studies

SAS 01  Latino and Caribbean Studies 595    √  √ Latino and Caribbean Studies

SAS 01  Linguistics 615    √  √ Linguistics

SEBS 11 Marine Sciences 628      √ Marine and Coastal Sciences

SEBS 11 Marine Sciences - Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography Option 628B  √  √   Marine and Coastal Sciences

SEBS 11 Marine Sciences - Marine Chemistry Option 628E  √  √   Marine and Coastal Sciences

SEBS 11 Marine Sciences - Marine Geology Option 628F  √  √   Marine and Coastal Sciences

SEBS 11 Marine Sciences - Physical Oceanography Option 628G  √  √   Marine and Coastal Sciences

SAS 01  Mathematics 640    √  √ Mathematics

SAS 01  Mathematics - Actuarial Track 640L  √  √   Mathematics

SAS 01  Medieval Studies 667    √  √ Medieval Studies

SEBS 11 Meteorology 670      √ Meteorology

SEBS 11 Microbiology
*See Restrictions
680  √  √   Biochemistry and Microbiology

SAS 01  Middle Eastern Studies 685    √  √ Middle Eastern Studies

SAS 01  Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
*See Restrictions
694  √  √   Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

MGSA 07 Music - B.A. 700    √  √ Music

SEBS 11 Nutrition 707      √ Nutritional Sciences

RUTCOR   Operations Research 711      √ Center for Operations Research

SAS 01 Organizational Leadership 713      √ Organizational Leadership

SAS 01  Philosophy 730    √  √ Philosophy

SAS 01 Physics
*See Restrictions
750      √ Physics and Astronomy

SAS 01  Physics - Applied Option
*See Restrictions
750P  √  √   Physics and Astronomy

SAS 01  Physics - Engineering Dual Degree Option
*See Restrictions
750G  √  √   Physics and Astronomy

SAS 01  Physics - General Option
*See Restrictions
750  √  √   Physics and Astronomy

SAS 01  Physics - Ocean Physics Option
*See Restrictions
750K  √  √   Physics and Astronomy

SAS 01  Physics - Professional Option
*See Restrictions
750D  √  √   Physics and Astronomy

EJBSPPP 10 Planning and Public Policy
*See Restrictions
762    √  √ Bloustein School

SEBS 11 Plant Science 776      √ Plant Science

SAS 01  Political Science
*See Restrictions
790    √  √ Political Science

SAS 01  Portuguese 810    √  √ Spanish and Portuguese

SAS 01  Psychology 830    √  √ Psychology

SEBS 11 Professional Outreach and Development 825      √ Science Learning

EJBSPPP 10 Public Health
*See Restrictions
832  √  √  √ Bloustein School

EJBSPPP 10 Public Policy
*See Restrictions
833    √  √ Bloustein School

SAS 01  Religion 840    √  √ Religion

SAS 01  Russian 860    √  √ Russian and East European Languages and Literatures

SEBS 11 Science Learning 881      √ Science Learning

SAS 01 Sexualities Studies 888      √ Women's and Gender Studies

SAS 01 Social Justice 904      √ Women's and Gender Studies 

SSW   Social Work 910  √  √   School of Social Work

SAS 01  Sociology
*See Restrictions
920    √  √ Sociology

SAS 01 South Asian Studies 925      √ South Asian Studies

SAS 01  Spanish 940    √  √ Spanish and Portuguese

SAS 01  Spanish - Spanish Intensive Option 940F  √  √  √ Spanish and Portuguese

SAS 01  Sport Management 377B  √  √   Kinesiology and Health 

SAS 01  Statistics 960    √  √ Statistics

SAS 01 Statistics/Mathematics 961  √  √  √ Statistics

SAS 01 Swahili
*See Restrictions
956      √ AMESALL

MGSA 07 Theater Arts - B.A. 965    √  √ Theater Arts

EJBSPPP 10 Urban Planning and Design
*See Restrictions
971    √  √ Bloustein School

SAS 01  Women's and Gender Studies 988    √  √ Women's and Gender Studies

 

 


Major / Minor Restrictions

The major and the minor may not be selected from the same academic program. In general there are no SAS restrictions on selection of available majors and minors; however, some combinations are prohibited:

  • African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) 013 majors and minors may not minor in Arabic 074, Hindi 505, or Swahili 956.
  • Anthropology 070 may not be combined with Cultural Anthropology 070C or Evolutionary Anthropology 071 as a double major, double minor, or major/minor combination. Cultural Anthropology 070C and Evolutionary Anthropology 071 may not be combined as a double major or double minor, but may be combined as a major/minor combination.
  • Asian Studies 098 minors cannot major or double minor in the language of their area or concentration. For example, a student doing a Japanese concentration in Asian Studies cannot double minor in Japanese, but could double minor in Chinese or Korean, or could major in Chinese.
  • Astrophysics 105 majors may not minor in Physics 750 or Astronomy 100.
  • Biological Sciences 119, Biomathematics 122, Cell Biology and Neuroscience 146, Genetics 447, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 694, Biochemistry 115, and/or Microbiology 680 cannot be combined as double majors or as major/minor combinations.
  • Business Administration minors cannot pursue a double minor combination with Entrepreneurship.
  • Communication 192, Information Technology and Informatics 547, and/or Journalism and Media Studies 567 cannot be combined as double majors.
  • Creative Writing 351 minors who are double minoring in English 350 cannot use Creative Writing courses to meet the English minor requirements.
  • Criminal Justice 202 majors may not minor in Criminology 204 (beginning Spring 2014).
  • East Asian Languages and Area Studies 214 majors cannot do a minor or double major in the language of their area of concentration.  For example, a student doing a Chinese concentration in East Asian Languages and Area Studies cannot minor or double major in Chinese, but the student could minor in Japanese or Korean.
  • East Asian Languages and Area Studies 214 majors may not minor in Asian Studies 098.
  • Economics 220 majors may not minor in Environmental and Business Economics 373.
  • English 350 minors who are double minoring in Creative Writing cannot use Creative Writing classes to meet the English minor requirements
  • Entrepreneurship minors cannot pursue a double minor combination with Business Administration.
  • Kinesiology and Health 377 majors may not minor in Biological Sciences 119.
  • History/French 513 majors may not minor in History 510 or French 420.
  • History/Political Science 514 majors may not also major or minor in History 510 or Political Science 790.
  • Jewish Studies 563 majors may not minor in Language and Culture of Ancient Israel 583 or Modern Hebrew Language 503.
  • Physics 750 majors may minor in Astronomy 100, but may not count 01:750:341, 342, 343, or 344 toward physics major requirements.
  • Planning and Public Policy 762, Public Health 832, Public Policy 833, Health Administration 501, and Urban Planning and Design 971 cannot be combined as double majors or as major/minor combinations.
  • Sociology 920 majors may not minor in Health and Society 502.

Please check the requirements of the specific majors and minors you are considering.

All students must earn at least 120 credits, with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.000. Students admitted without placement into noncredit remedial courses can, with careful planning, complete their baccalaureate requirements in four years of full-time study. However, some programs may require additional credits and some programs may require that specific courses be taken in the first year to enable completion within four years.

Students matriculated (i.e., registered in pursuit of a degree) at the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) must earn 30 of their last 42 credits while registered in classes offered by Rutgers-New Brunswick or registered in special programs approved in writing by the Office of Academic Services. Students who transfer into SAS from other institutions with senior status must earn a minimum of 30 credits while registered as SAS students in order to receive a bachelor's degree from the school.

All SAS students are required to complete a major and a minor.

  • The requirement for a minor will be waived for students completing multiple majors, for second degree candidates, and for students completing the 5-year education program through the Graduate School of Education.
  • SAS will consider waiving the requirement of the minor for students transferring to SAS from the Rutgers School of Engineering, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick, or College of Nursing if at time of transfer they have amassed 18 or more credits, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, within a specific professional school subject. 
  • Credit Intensive Majors
    Effective for students graduating in January 2010 and beyond, the requirement for a minor may be waived for students completing extraordinarily credit-intensive majors. Credit intensive majors are indicated on the List of Majors and Minors for SAS students. Students in credit intensive majors are strongly encouraged to complete a minor, even though they are not required to do so.

When to Declare a Major and Minor

Full-time students normally declare their major in the second semester of their second year, although some majors encourage students to declare even earlier in order to facilitate the planning needed for an appropriate sequence of the courses required to complete the major within four years. Part-time students normally declare their major by the time they have completed 60 credits. Declaration is done by submitting a major/minor declaration form, available online at mymajor.sas.rutgers.edu. Some academic departments may have prerequisites and/or require approval by an advisor.

Students who have not declared their major and minor by the second semester of their third year may not be able to complete all requirements and, thus, not graduate on time.

Major and Minor Declaration and Change: myMajor


List of Majors and Minors

Students are strongly urged to consult with an academic advisor and the specific departments offering the majors they are considering during their first year at the SAS. Some majors, including many in the sciences and the foreign languages, require that courses be sequenced in a particular way, making planning during the first year crucial to timely completion of the major.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) vs. Bachelor of Science (BS)

A bachelor of arts degree is conferred for all majors except the following, for which a bachelor of science degree is awarded: astrophysics; biochemistry; ecology, evolution, and natural resources; evolutionary anthropology; exercise science and sport studies; geological sciences; health administration; marine sciences; medical technology; microbiology; and public health. Either a bachelor of arts degree or a bachelor of science degree is available in the following subjects: computer science, mathematics, and physics. For subjects offering both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science degree, students may not graduate with a bachelor of arts degree, then return to complete the courses necessary for a bachelor of science degree. All courses required for the desired degree must be completed at the time of graduation.

Restrictions 

The major and the minor may not be selected from the same academic program. In general there are no SAS restrictions on selection of available majors and minors; however, some combinations are prohibited:

  • African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) 013 majors and minors may not minor in Arabic 074, Hindi 505, or Swahili 956.
  • Anthropology 070 may not be combined with Cultural Anthropology 070C or Evolutionary Anthropology 071 as a double major, double minor, or major/minor combination. Cultural Anthropology 070C and Evolutionary Anthropology 071 may not be combined as a double major or double minor, but may be combined as a major/minor combination.
  • Asian Studies 098 minors cannot major or double minor in the language of their area or concentration. For example, a student doing a Japanese concentration in Asian Studies cannot double minor in Japanese, but could double minor in Chinese or Korean, or could major in Chinese.
  • Astrophysics 105 majors may not minor in Physics 750 or Astronomy 100.
  • Biological Sciences 119, Biomathematics 122, Cell Biology and Neuroscience 146, Genetics 447, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 694, Biochemistry 115, and/or Microbiology 680 cannot be combined as double majors or as major/minor combinations.
  • Business Administration minors cannot pursue a double minor combination with Entrepreneurship.
  • Communication 192, Information Technology and Informatics 547, and/or Journalism and Media Studies 567 cannot be combined as double majors.
  • Creative Writing 351 minors who are double minoring in English 350 cannot use Creative Writing courses to meet the English minor requirements.
  • Criminal Justice 202 majors may not minor in Criminology 204 (beginning Spring 2014).
  • East Asian Languages and Area Studies 214 majors cannot do a minor or double major in the language of their area of concentration.  For example, a student doing a Chinese concentration in East Asian Languages and Area Studies cannot minor or double major in Chinese, but the student could minor in Japanese or Korean.
  • East Asian Languages and Area Studies 214 majors may not minor in Asian Studies 098.
  • Economics 220 majors may not minor in Environmental and Business Economics 373.
  • English 350 minors who are double minoring in Creative Writing cannot use Creative Writing classes to meet the English minor requirements
  • Entrepreneurship minors cannot pursue a double minor combination with Business Administration.
  • Kinesiology and Health 377 majors may not minor in Biological Sciences 119.
  • History/French 513 majors may not minor in History 510 or French 420.
  • History/Political Science 514 majors may not also major or minor in History 510 or Political Science 790.
  • Jewish Studies 563 majors may not minor in Language and Culture of Ancient Israel 583 or Modern Hebrew Language 503.
  • Physics 750 majors may minor in Astronomy 100, but may not count 01:750:341, 342, 343, or 344 toward physics major requirements.
  • Planning and Public Policy 762, Public Health 832, Public Policy 833, Health Administration 501, and Urban Planning and Design 971 cannot be combined as double majors or as major/minor combinations.
  • Sociology 920 majors may not minor in Health and Society 502.

Please check the requirements of the specific majors and minors you are considering.

Overlap between Major and Minor

Any credits satisfying major requirements may also satisfy minor requirements and vice versa unless specifically prohibited by the particular major or minor program.

Overlap between Major/Minor and Distribution Requirements

Any credits satisfying major or minor requirements may be used to satisfy the SAS Core Curriculum unless prohibited by the major or minor. Any credits satisfying the SAS Core Curriculum may count toward a major or minor unless prohibited by the major or minor.

Admission to the Major

Certain majors offered by Professional Schools at Rutgers University New Brunswick may require separate admission; these schools include:

For these majors, students should refer to the online catalog, departmental web sites, or myMajor for specific application guidelines and a listing of the courses to be completed prior to application. SAS students completing these majors will receive a single Bachelor's degree conferred by SAS in conjunction with the cognate professional school.

Professional School Applications - School to School Transfer

Prospective applicants intending to transfer to any of the professional schools at Rutgers University, including

need to refer to the section of the School to School Transfer website for the school of interest for specific application guidelines and a listing of the courses to be completed prior to application. All students should meet with an academic adviser to determine how the sequence of courses to be completed for application will affect their graduation from SAS if their application to the professional school is unsuccessful.

Change of Major or Minor

Students wishing to apply for a change of major or minor should complete the form online:

Major and Minor Declaration and Change: myMajor

Subcategories

SASgraphic UPDATEDThe School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) requires that all students complete a goal-based Core Curriculum, as well as an approved major and an approved minor for students who are not pursuing credit-intensive majors.

The distinctive SAS Core Curriculum is structured as a set of core liberal arts and sciences learning goals. All are framed as activities students will be able to do at a foundational level by virtue of meeting the specified core goal. Courses may be counted as meeting multiple learning goals; students generally will complete the core in 10 to 14 courses of 3 or 4 credits each. A course used to meet core goals may also be used to fulfill a major or minor requirement. Only graded degree credit-bearing courses worth at least 3 credits and certified by the SAS faculty may be used to meet core goals. For lists of courses certified as meeting each goal, see below. These lists are also available in the Rutgers online degree audit system, Degree Navigator, which students use to track their progress in completing the Core Curriculum.

What courses count as Core courses?

Only a special, limited group of courses is certified by the faculty as meeting Core Curriculum goals. To be certified, the course must put the specific Core Curriculum goals front and center in its design and regularly assess student achievement of the certified Core goals.  Only courses that have committed to this process of certification, Core assessment, and continuous improvement are certified as Core courses. This is why some particular courses are certified while other courses that may seem to have a similar or analogous focus are not. This assures that all students develop the foundational liberal arts and sciences capacities the Core promises.


The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) requires that all students complete a set of liberal arts distribution requirements, as well as an approved major and an approved minor for students who are not pursuing credit-intensive majors. The distribution requirements include up to 12 courses totaling between 24 and 36 credits. Some courses may be used to fulfill more than one distribution requirement, and a course used to fulfill a distribution requirement may also be used to fulfill a major or minor requirement.

The Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements are restricted to:

  • first year students enrolled in SAS prior to Fall 2011
  • transfer students enrolled in SAS prior to Fall 2012
  • school to school transfer students enrolled in SAS prior to Fall 2012

First year students entering SAS in Fall 2011 or later and transfer students entering SAS in Fall 2012 or later must complete the Core Curriculum.

Students who are following the Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements and prefer to complete the Core Curriculum should speak to an academic adviser.


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